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Israel is an ideal place for roadtrips; small in size yet abundant with natural beauty and diverse, majestic landscapes, fascinating historical sites, and numerous small towns and cities each with their own unique flavour and characteristics. Here’s seven of the best, beginning with Israel’s northern regions before heading south through Jerusalem.
Rosh HaNikra, located on Israel’s northwestern tip just a stone’s throw away from Lebanon, is a stunning geological formation of caves and grottoes, surrounding glistening pools of turquoise water.
We suggest visiting the fascinating Old City of Akko en route, around 30 minutes north of Haifa along Okef Krayot. Steeped in history, half a day should be enough to marvel at its still-intact walls first built in 950, explore its long ancient tunnel, weave through its colourful Arab shuks, and eat mouth-watering food, from Humus Said to Uri Buri seafood restaurant.
From Akko’s Old City, Rosh HaNikra is just another 30 minutes by car, making this an easy but nonetheless magnificent road trip along Israel’s northern Mediterranean coastline.
Humus Said, Akko, Israel, +972 4991 3945
Uri Buri, Ha-Hagana St, Akko, 24315, Israel, +972 4955 2212
This road trip to Israel’s southernmost city takes you through some of the most spectacular sites in the Negev Desert. By Israel’s standards, this trip involves some long drives, with a total road time of around 4.5 hours. We recommend staying the night in Mitzpe Ramon (there are numerous affordable hostels), a small town that is home to Makhtesh Ramon, a vast crater of staggering beauty and the best stargazing spot in Israel.
The following morning, head 125 kilometers further south through the Negev to Timna Park, a popular attraction in Israel due to its spectacular rock formations and historical sites (here you’ll find the oldest copper mine ever found). The final leg of this trip takes you to Eilat, a busy resort town on the Red Sea famous for its gorgeous reefs, dolphins, snorkeling and scuba diving, plus Israel’s only underwater restaurant.